Vintage tea party in Holywells Park, Ipswich, raises £1,100 for St Elizabeth Hospice

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Sa

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Sally Rayner and Sarah Wood. Picture: NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich vintage tea party organised in memory of a much-loved dad and husband has raised more than £1,100 for St Elizabeth hospice.

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Josie Clarke with Sienna and Lola Hawley. Picture: N

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Josie Clarke with Sienna and Lola Hawley. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

On Sunday, Holywells Park’s orangery came alive with afternoon tea alongside dancing, 1940s-themed quartet performances, face painting, children’s activities and tombola.

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Sa

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Sally Rayner and Sarah Wood. Picture: NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

The event was organised in memory of dad-of-two Andy Wise, who died from kidney cancer in 2014, and was supported by St Elizabeth Hospice.

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Ch

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Charlotte McCarthy and Kirsty Hendin-Walker. Picture: NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

Since then his wife Christina has been a committed fundraiser, raising more than £40,000.

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Ch

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Charlotte McCarthy and Kirsty Hendin-Walker. Picture: NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

“It was a really amazing day,” she said.

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Sa

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Sally Rayner and Sarah Wood. Picture: NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

“The weather didn’t put people off, with a fantastic venue inside and outside.

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Ch

The annual vintage tea party at Holywells Park. Organisers, Marie Holder and Christina Wise, with Charlotte McCarthy and Kirsty Hendin-Walker. Picture: NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

“People just kept coming – we ran out of tombola tickets and we only had one tray of cakes left. Hopefully when we do it again even more people will come.”

Midnight Walk feature - Christina and Andy Wise with their children Oliver and Grace

Midnight Walk feature - Christina and Andy Wise with their children Oliver and Grace - Credit: Archant

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